Chad Ruhwedel
Chad Ruhwedel
30-Year-Old DefensemanD
Pittsburgh Penguins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After playing in just 18 games and spending much of the season in the press box, in part due to injury, it was somewhat surprising to see Ruhwedel re-up with the Penguins for another two years in May. With a logjam of defender's ahead of him, including Juuso Riikola, it's difficult to see a path for Ruhwedel to get regular playing time in 2019-20. Even if he's somehow able to secure an every-night role this year, the San Diego native won't have enough offensive upside to warrant consideration in any fantasy format. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $1.4 million contract with the Penguins in May of 2019.
Drought continues
DPittsburgh Penguins
February 27, 2020
Ruhwedel failed to write his name on the scoresheet against the Kings on Wednesday, bringing his pointless streak to 17 games.
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Ruhwedel's goal drought goes back even further to Dec. 20 versus Edmonton, a streak of 27 contests without finding the back of the net. If Pittsburgh's blue line can get healthy, Ruhwedel figures to find himself relegated to the press box alongside Juuso Riikola.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:46
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:17
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Following the re-signing of Jamie Oleksiak and the addition of Jack Johnson, the 28-year-old Ruhwedel is firmly cemented in the seventh defenseman role and figures to only slot into the lineup in the event of an injury. Fortunately for the puck-moving blueliner, there are not many youngsters within the Penguins system that will challenge him for his place on the 23-man roster. Without a clear path to ice time, the San Diego native offers little in terms of fantasy value -- especially when you consider he tallied just five points in 44 contests last season.
Ruhwedel, an undrafted UMass-Lowell product, was named AHL Rochester's MVP last season for his steady two-way play and ability to log heavy minutes. He appeared in 72 games and scored 36 points, both career highs, and enters this season as an impending restricted free agent. The 25-year-old is on a one-way contract, which means he is poised to make the team, though that is certainly not a guarantee. Even if he does make the team, Ruhwedel is expected to play a low-key role on either the second or third defensive pairing. He's a rather unexciting player, but gets the job done in his own zone and can provide offense when asked.
An undrafted two-way defenseman out of UMass-Lowell, Ruhwedel will play a supporting role for the Sabres, either on the bottom pairing or as depth player. Ruhwedel scored 28 points in 47 games in the AHL and, in 21 games with the Sabres, he recorded one assist. The young defenseman has a good chance of making the opening night roster, but the Sabres may feel his development would be better served logging big minutes in the minors.
Ruhwedel signed as a free agent in April after finishing a collegiate career with UMass-Lowell. He immediately joined the Sabres and suited up for the season’s final seven games, failing to reach the score sheet. He is among a large group of blue liners vying for a depth role on the Sabres, and will need to show well at training camp to avoid starting the season with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate in Rochester. There is a bit of offensive upside (23 points in 41 games in his final year of college), but he is a long way from hitting the fantasy radar at the onset of his first full season as a pro.
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Returns to Friday's game
DPittsburgh Penguins
January 31, 2020
Ruhwedel (undisclosed) has returned to Friday's game against the Flyers, Seth Rorabaugh of TribLive.com reports.
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Exits in second period Friday
DPittsburgh Penguins
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January 31, 2020
Ruhwedel went to the locker room in the second period of Friday's game against the Flyers, Seth Rorabaugh of TribLive.com reports.
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Records two blocks Tuesday
DPittsburgh Penguins
January 8, 2020
Ruhwedel registered two blocks, one hit and one shot in 15:09 of ice time versus Vegas on Tuesday.
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Tallies second goal
DPittsburgh Penguins
December 21, 2019
Ruhwedel scored his a goal and posted a plus-1 rating in a 5-2 victory over the Oilers on Friday.
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Shakes off sickness
DPittsburgh Penguins
December 10, 2019
Ruhwedel (illness) is back to full health ahead of Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, Dave Molinari of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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